\ˈtāk-ˌəp \

Definition of take-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up


Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet

2a : to begin to occupy (land)

b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection

3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting

b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer

c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients

4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet

b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time

5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town

6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business

7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack

8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it

9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off

2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink

take up the cudgels

: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute

take up with

1 : to become interested or absorbed in

2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence


please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly

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All that content takes up a lot of disk space and requires regular online connectivity, which is a pain. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Though this floral number gets a lot of varied use, it's inspired me to take up a collection of wrap dresses. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: Wayf Wrap Dress," 19 Sep. 2018 That jack takes up a lot of space in the phone, a lot of space. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "iPhone X No Longer Available on Apple’s Website," 13 Sep. 2018 All of it takes up a lot of valuable underhood room between the engine and the front grille. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Straight From the Grave: An Iconic Engine Design Makes a Comeback," 21 Aug. 2018 Cramped beds: Small square foot garden beds aren’t ideal for crops that take up a lot of room, such as vining winter squash, asparagus, or a big planting of sweet corn. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "The Pros and Cons of Square Foot Gardening," 30 July 2018 Both do power shoes, taking up a lot of real estate. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "John Fluevog Is Cool Again. Maybe He Always Was.," 5 July 2018 Sea to Summit X-Set 31 Cookset ($110) Cookware takes up a lot of space. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Why I Love Collapsible Camping Gear," 18 June 2018 And most of those things, such as taking photos and videos, take up a lot of space. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Triple the space on your phone with this deal on Samsung's crazy-fast 128GB MicroSD card," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

: the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up 

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up 

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for

2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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a knickknack or trinket

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